Browsing All Posts published on »January, 2011«

big garden birdwatch – 29th-30th January

January 23, 2011

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Tomorrow (29th January), the UK’s big garden birdwatch begins. The RSPB is asking people to record the wild birds in their garden for an hour on the 29th or the 30th January, and to send them the results to produce a survey. This survey is very important – so join in! Read more at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/ […]

sign e-petition NOW to help save bees

January 22, 2011

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Avaaz have set up an online petition to help save bees because global bee populations are in collapse, and pesticide use is a major contributory factor. ‘… Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But a global ban of one group of pesticides could save bees from extinction … Let’s […]

hot topic for discussion

January 21, 2011

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What do you think of supermarkets labelling vegetarian products ‘meat-free’ instead of ‘vegetarian’? An article was published in The Telegraph on the 16th January titled ‘Don’t call it vegetarian, it is “meat free”‘. ‘… Vegetarian food has moved a long way since the infamous nut roast and the lentil burger. But now it has run […]

vote in online 'biomovie' competition

January 20, 2011

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The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) are promoting a competition on the home page of their web-site, at www.wwf.org.uk/ The TVU Biomovie competition is for you to select the best film short on biodiversity from  TVEInspiringChange. To view the films and vote for the one you like best, go to www.youtube.com/tveinspiringchange

food industry to extend to ‘sea cucumbers’?

January 19, 2011

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Today (3rd February), an article was published in The Independent titled ‘Ready to acquire a taste for the “vacuum cleaners of the sea”?’ ‘… Scientists now believe that a species of sea cucumber living off the British coast could become a lucrative culinary export. A project will begin this year to see whether it is […]

‘Global fish consumption hits record high’

January 18, 2011

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Today (1st February), an item was posted on the BBC news web-site titled ‘Global fish consumption hits record high’. ‘… The global consumption of fish has hit a record high, reaching an average of 17kg per person, a UN report has shown. Fisheries and aquaculture supplied the world with about 145m tonnes in 2009, providing […]

bloodsports in Italy

January 18, 2011

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Today (1st February), an item was posted on guardian.co.uk titled ‘Italian hunting in the dock after 35 people killed in four months’. ‘… It is not just birds, rabbits and wild boar who meet a sticky end in the Italian hunting season. According to statistics published today, 35 people have also been killed in the […]

‘more hospital meals will be vegetarian’

January 18, 2011

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Today (1st February), an article was published in The Guardian titled ‘NHS managers ordered to look at environmental impact of decisions’. ‘… Health service managers will be handed a “route map” laying out some of the measures they need to take to meet the government’s greenhouse gas targets. The NHS, which produces nearly as much […]

mink culling in Scotland

January 18, 2011

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Today (1st February), an item was posted on the BBC news web-site titled ‘Alien invaders: American mink removed from Scotland’. ‘… We walk down to inspect the floating trap that is tethered to the riverbank, and sure enough, a mink is inside … Then it is taken away to a quiet spot along this catchment […]

‘Oprah and 378 staffers go vegan: the one-week challenge’

January 18, 2011

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Today (31st January), US megastar Oprah Winfrey announced on her TV show that tomorrow’s programme, on the 1st February, will be a whole hour on veganism and will include Oprah’s one-week vegan challenge, when she and 378 members of her staff went vegan for a week. (Oprah tried a vegan diet for 21 days in […]

Nature reserve’s gamekeeper prosecuted

January 18, 2011

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Today (31st January), an article was posted in The Independent titled ‘Nature reserve’s gamekeeper accused of killing wild bird’. ‘… The head gamekeeper at a country estate which owns one of Britain’s most celebrated national nature reserves has been charged with a string of wildlife and firearms offences, after an investigation by police into the […]

new Livewell diet ‘could help save the planet’: eat less meat

January 18, 2011

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Today (30th January), an article was published in The Observer titled ‘The Livewell diet: it’s cheap, it’s nutritious and it could help save the planet’. ‘… Scientists from the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health at Aberdeen University have produced a report which they say has established the ideal diet to balance healthy eating with […]

‘The Yuck Factor’: luxury animal products

January 17, 2011

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Today (29th January), an article was published in The Independent titled ‘The Yuck Factor: How disgusting became the last word in luxury’. ‘… Bird droppings, snail slime, excreted coffee beans – there’s no substance so vile that it can’t be a must-have product … Resembling crushed velvet, the fur comes from lambs that haven’t even […]

Suffolk livestock farmers warn of price rises

January 17, 2011

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Today (29th January), an item was posted on the BBC news web-site titled ‘Farmers warn of food price rises’. ‘… Big rises in food prices are likely over the next year, livestock farmers in Suffolk have told the BBC Politics Show in the East. The farmers said the rises were likely because of the increased […]

2011 – ‘Year of the threatened rabbit’

January 17, 2011

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Yesterday (28th January), a captioned slideshow was posted on the BBC news web-site titled ‘Year of the threatened rabbit’. This refers to a news item posted on the web-site of the IUCN (the International Union for Conservation of Nature) titled ‘Year of the Rabbit – species hopping out of view?’ (26th January). ‘… Celebrations begin […]

‘National Trust ready to “step in” and save English woodlands’

January 16, 2011

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Today (28th January), an item was posted on guardian.co.uk titled ‘National Trust ready to “step in” and save English woodlands’. ‘… The National Trust is poised to offer to take over or buy much of the state-owned English woodland which the government is planning to sell off. The initiative, says the trust’s director, Dame Fiona […]

‘Safeguard the wood and the trees’

January 16, 2011

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Today (28th January), the leading article published in The Independent was titled ‘Safeguard the wood and the trees’. ‘… It is a measure of the lack of trust in modern politics that no one seems to believe the Environment Secretary when she says that England’s forests will be safe in the hands of private owners […]

‘The 21st century bodes ill for non-human species’

January 16, 2011

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Today (28th January), an article was published in The Independent titled ‘The 21st century bodes ill for non-human species’. ‘… If the Earth is eventually to be overwhelmed by the human species, is it a crime to speak up for the Earth? Our morality is anthropocentric: at the heart of our notions of good and […]

‘Jonathan Safran Foer: environmentalists who eat meat have a blind-spot’

January 16, 2011

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Today (28th January), people are still adding comments online to an item which was posted on the 24th January on the Ecologist web-site, titled ‘Jonathan Safran Foer: environmentalists who eat meat have a blind-spot’. ‘… Factory farming depends on our ignorance but the world needs to move away from eating meat, [says] US author Jonathan […]

‘Will climate change burst the global “food bubble”?’

January 16, 2011

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Today (28th January), an item was posted in an environment blog on guardian.co.uk titled ‘Will climate change burst the global “food bubble”?’. ‘… The world is in the midst of a “food bubble” that could burst at any time: that’s the conclusion of the eminent environmentalist Lester Brown, who I met yesterday to discuss his […]